Photo: Courtesy of Jackie Batts
The lovebirds were both born in Stamford, Connecticut in 1919 and began dating at the age of eight. Decades later they were more in love than ever. "My dad carried around a picture of my mother in her Holy Communion outfit in his wallet," the couple's daughter, Aimee Toczko-Cushman, told ABC affiliate KGTV. "Their hearts beat as one from as long as I can remember."
The Toczko's were married in 1940 and spent the early part of their marriage living in New York City and traveling, eventually settling down in San Diego. Everything was going well for the couple until this year, when Alexander, who played golf every day, fell and broke his hip.
Once Alexander was put in hospice, the Toczko children requested to bring the bed to their home so they could be together. After a few days of holding her husband, Jeanette asked for the date. "She kept asking us, 'What is today, what is today?' We said it was June. She said it's June 29th, and June 29th is their 75th wedding anniversary," said Toczko-Cushman. "And we said happy anniversary, and my mother was thrilled to death because it was their anniversary and she knew that he was going and that they had made it to 75 years."
"He died in her arms, which is exactly what he wanted. I went in there and told my mother he was gone; she hugged him and she said, 'See this is what you wanted. You died in my arms and I love you. I love you, wait for me, I'll be there soon,'" their daughter added.
Jeanette passed away only 24 hours later. Making this story even more heart-wrenching, the couple were buried on their actual 75th anniversary with a joint funeral this past Monday.